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Giving Thanks for the Growers


November 21, 2022

Thanksgiving reminds us to give thanks. A reminder is much needed for all of us! So many times all that we have does not easily register over the demands of work in all its forms, the things and experiences we wish we had, and the other struggles ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Commercial Horticulture Digest, Food System, Green Industry, Martin County, UF/IFAS Extension, Worker
Mango orchard, with flooded swales and leaning trees after Hurricane Ian

A Survey of Hurricane Ian Impacts to Martin County Agriculture


October 3, 2022

This report summarizes the damage I observed and discussed with Martin County farmers and nursery growers during site visits and phone calls on September 30, 2022. Overall, the agribusinesses I heard from said the impacts, if they had any, were ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Disaster Preparation, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Commercial Horticulture Digest, Hurricane, Hurricane Ian, Martin County, UF/IFAS Extension
close up of sunn hemp cover crop. Cover crops can be part of a sustainable agricultural operation.

Sustainable Agriculture Resources Available for Producers


September 19, 2022

A few years ago, I was able to meet a couple of farmers and ranchers who received Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) grant funding. Hearing from them directly about how the funds helped their operations, I am still excited ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, Livestock, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Commercial Horticulture Digest, Martin County, Sustainable Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension
pesticide applicator handheld and backpack sprayer equipment

Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Licensing


September 12, 2022

One of the licenses I often get questions about is the Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance (LCLM) license. It's a good license to have for a commercial (for-hire) landscaper who wants to offer basic chemical pest control for clients. To ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Commercial Horticulture Digest, Green Industry, Martin County, Pesticides, UF/IFAS Extension
Florida-Friendly Landscape maintained by licensed landscape professionals. Pesticide and fertilizer applicators must be licensed.

Hiring a Pesticide/Herbicide or Fertilizer Applicator: Choose Licensed


August 18, 2022

Why Choose Licensed? Did you know that the person you hire to apply fertilizers or pesticides (including herbicides) must be licensed in the state of Florida? Pesticide and fertilizer applicators must be licensed. Per Chapter 482 of the ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agribusiness, Commercial Horticulture Digest, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Green Industry, Licensing, Martin County, UF/IFAS Extension
image of a fertilizer applicator on a lawn

Professional Licensing/Certification for Fertilizer Applicators


March 29, 2022

Commercial fertilizer applicators in Florida must hold a Limited Urban Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certificate (LUCFAC). The good news is that there are many ways to get the training needed! The statewide Green Industries Best Management ... READ MORE

Category: Events, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Best Management Practices, Commercial Horticulture Digest, Green Industry, Horticulture, Martin County, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
a Florida landscape, demonstrating some of the Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles, such as mulching.

Landscape Professionals: Add “Florida-Friendly” to your resume


January 28, 2022

Many of the landscape professionals I've spoken with have shared that they value licensing and certifications. Expanding their professional qualifications allows them to stand out as a leader in their field, earn the respect of their peers and ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agribusiness, Commercial Horticulture Digest, Environment, Featured, Green Industry, Horticulture, Indian River Lagoon, Martin County, Special Topics, UF/IFAS Extension
green industry professional pruning shrubs; shows the work of green industry professionals

Licensing & Certification for the Green Industry Professional


January 19, 2022

Green industry professionals work on residential and commercial landscapes, in garden centers and production nurseries, and more. The work can be varied and involve specialized skills in pruning, mowing, irrigation maintenance/installation, ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agribusiness, Commercial Horticulture Digest, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Green Industry, Martin County, Pesticides, UF/IFAS Extension
landscaper planting/weeding. Article discusses the value of licensing and certifications for professional landscapers

Homeowners value licensed/certified green industry professionals


September 24, 2021

In 2020, UF/IFAS Extension Martin County recruited homeowners and homeowners’ associations (HOA’s) to participate in a survey of their preferences for licensed/certified green industry professionals. We found that many respondents valued ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agribusiness, Commercial Horticulture Digest, Florida Friendly Landscaping, GIBMP, Green Industry, Martin County, Pesticides, UF/IFAS Extension

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